Thursday 3/8: Jack Whitten at the Studio Museum

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Thursday, March 8, 2012 | 7:00–9:00 PM
The Artist’s Voice: Jack Whitten in Conversation with Naima J. Keith

Jack Whitten, Spiral, 1988. Courtesy the artist.
Please join us for The Artist’s Voice featuring Jack Whitten in conversation with Assistant Curator Naima J. Keith. New York-based artist Jack Whitten’s (b. 1939) earliest experiments with painting date back to the 1960s, a period during which he created dynamic works inspired by abstract expressionism. Noted for their raucous colors and density of gesture combined with topical content, these artworks manifest emotionally complex meditations on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War.This program is free with museum admission. RSVPs are required. Seating is limited. Studio Museum members receive priority seating, subject to availability. Click here to RSVP.


African-American – News

African-American – News March 6, 2012

Ed Dept. Report: Vast majority of school arrests involve Hispanic, black students (Star Tribune)
More than 70 percent of students involved in school-related arrests or cases referred to law enforcement were Hispanic or African-American, according to a report to be released Tuesday by the Education Department that raises questions about whether students of all races are disciplined evenhandedly in America’s schools.

Paula Deen accused of condoning sexual harassment, racist remarks
Paula Deen accused of condoning sexual harassment, racist remarks (WGN-TV Chicago)
A former employee of a restaurant co-owned by Paula Deen has filed a lawsuit against the matronly celebrity cook, accusing her of condoning an atmosphere of sexual harassment and racism in her high-profile culinary empire.
Re: Disney Uses Black Princess To Sell Watermelon Candy (NewsOne)
Walt Disney ‘s first African-American princess , Tiana , from the movie ” Princess And The Frog ” is being used to tell ” Dig’N’Dips ” Watermelon dipping candy.

First full day of commemorative Selma-to-Montgomery march begins (Alabama Live)
The first full day of the Selma-to-Montgomery commemorative march started shortly after 9 a.m. Today with about 125 marchers.

The Movie That Could Have… And Didn’t (EDGE)
While we’re on the subject of The Movies, I can’t shake a need to weigh in on a film that should have been topical as well as action-packed, a movie that had all the ingredients for passion, drama, and a strong social message, not to mention eye-candy CGI .

Rick Green: Distressed Graveyard Honors Our Past, Epitomizes Our Present (The Hartford Courant)
Bill Hosley, Connecticut’s madly brilliant historian, takes off quickly, urgently, through Hartford’s Old North Cemetery, a place of forlorn but enduring beauty.




* Nassau County legislators voted to cut the number of police precincts in half and cut 100 police desk jobs to help close a $310 million deficit, the Wall Street Journal says:

* Albany County Executive Dan McCoy proposed privatizing the county nursing home and building its own community college to save money, the Times Union reports:

* New sentencing data for federal courts show wide disparities between how long different judges send people to jail for the same crimes, the Times says, with Manhattan federal judges average white-collar sentences varying from zero months to 23 months:

* The Empire State Pride Agenda fired Executive Director Ross Levi yesterday after board members said he did not show enough leadership during last years gay marriage fight and disagreed about the groups next steps, Gay City News reports:

* SUNY Upstate Medical University was put on accreditation probation because its curriculum is uncoordinated, student mistreatment is rising, the dean is unable to make changes and there are not enough science professors, according to a report obtained by the Syracuse Post-Standard:

* Peninsula Hospital in Queens laid off 240 employees yesterday after state health officials closed the hospitals lab next month, though the hospital hopes to re-hire them when it builds a new lab, the Daily News reports: